“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship.”   

William A. Foster

This week we are discussing quality, and this is a very much needed item in all our lives.

For me – quality represents not only what I put into my body and yes, we all have different affordability or desires.  But also, what I deliver, to myself and others.  What quality/ties do I admire, both in myself and others?

What do I wish to be remembered for?  By my family, my friends and also my clients?  Do I want to be known for kindness, being present, or for what?  What do I stand for and what are my not negotiables?  The list goes on…..

I pose the same to you, what quality (or qualities) are important to you?  What do you feel is important to you and those you love?

Sometimes, we don’t know what we value until someone unintentionally crosses our boundaries.  Then all of a sudden, we are very aware of a value.  This can cause angst or us to feel uncomfortable as we are confronted by a behaviour or word(s) that we find offensive.

If this happens to you, please sit for a while prior to having the conversation.  This will allow for your emotions to settle and have a respectful conversation which usually will have a better result.  Using “I” statements will also allow the conversation to be less blaming. 

Courageous conversations are necessary, however, can be confronting – so having a plan may assist with this.  Practicing the conversation in your head can also help you prepare and may also help with the delivery.

Note: the photo is off my entry and the quality workmanship of when it was first built in the 1980’s.  We are hoping to conserve both the parquetry and the woodwork.